Paired Passages and Common Core Writing Tasks 16 texts (8 lessons)

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    1. These 19 lessons (using 38 texts) require students to use close reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing to help them prepare for standardized assessments. In each lesson, students synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas and themes across texts. With texts that vary by genre,
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    Challenge your students to read and write critically with these lessons including all of my popular "Paired Passages" (paired texts). These lessons require students to synthesize their reading and identify central ideas across texts. Each lesson guides them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author; then, the before-, during-, and post-reading strategies help them construct connections between the texts.

    Each lesson culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of a standardized assessment. These lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.

    The following texts, which are available in the public domain, are included in the product:

    • "Ain’t I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth
    • "Speech to the Second Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry
    • "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain
    • "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet
    • "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning
    • "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
    • "I’m Nobody! Who Are You?" by Emily Dickinson
    • "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
    • "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

    Hyperlinks are provided to the following texts, which are also available in many school textbooks and anthologies:

    • "First Lesson" by Philip Booth
    • "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
    • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
    • "Naming Myself" by Barbara Kingsolver
    • "My Name" by Sandra Cisneros

    "Paired Passage" products include the following:

    -lesson plans with identified Common Core Standards

    -anticipation guides

    -contextual reading guides and sample annotation passages

    -sample texts

    -literature webs and poetry graphic organizers

    -Venn diagrams

    -literary analysis prompts


    -answer keys (with detailed responses for all activities and sample essays)

    This bundle includes 146 pages. If you complete one of these lessons each week, they will last you for almost two months! Because of the text variety, they are also great for differentiating and meeting the needs of diverse learners.

    This is my Original Paired Passages Big Bundle. If you have purchased a previous bundle, please check to ensure you are not buying duplicate lessons.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
    Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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